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Holding the Bow
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LindaK
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i have watched your video at least 15 times on How to Hold the Bow. I knew something was terribly wrong but I couldn't figure out what. I'm pretty dumb for even posting this because you are all going to think - what? Is she really that stupid?!? But I felt I absolutely had to post this for other newbies that are doing the same thing I was doing, not that there really are folks out there that are quite this dumb, LOL AND ROFLOL!!!

I would do exactly as you said for placing my hand on the bow and then I would turn my hand the OPPOSITE way you were saying to do it.
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I honestly don't know how I played that way for 45 minutes on Wednesday! No wonder I was in such pain Thursday. THANK YOU for this slow video you put out so that I could finally figure it out! Hey guys, please don't bust a gut laughing too hard!
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Now that would be a video I would love to see

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Haha, priceless!

I used to sail with a guy who knew all the theory but always ended up last in any race.
After 1 of us sailed with him to see what was wrong we found it. His sails were back to front. Hanging out when he sailed close to the wind, and close-hauled when he was on a reach!(sailing off the wind say at 45degrees or more) I'm surprised he wasn't deaf from the sound of that canvass flapping roflol

You hang in there Linda, self analysis of mistakes is a BIG help in the learning process.

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Question, Terry,,, is/isn't sailing at a 45 degree angle called "tacking" ? This is something I think I heard 50 yrs ago.   dunno

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In a way but not exactly FS, tacking is generally known as changing direction whilst sailing toward the wind, (Where the bow of the boat goes completely across the direction of the wind, compared to gybing when you change direction sailing away from the wind.)
If you are on a constant heading you would be on either a starboard or port tack, but may not necessarily be "tacking" as in changing direction. On the ocean you could be on the same tack for the whole day without changing to the opposite tack.
There, that's clearer now isn't it, lol.
I must go check the dictionary definition. No wonder the poor chap got his close-haul mixed up with his beam reach

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When I was 20 I was at a lake for a weekend with friends.  I saw that they had an idle 10- or 12-foot sailboat, and I got interested.  I had never been in a sailboat or even seen one up close before, but I looked it over and easily sailed it alone out onto the lake ...

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@LindaK:  Oh come now.. You didn't really think you were going to learn the instrument without pulling at least a few "dumbs", now did you?  LOL  Lord knows I've done enough of them myself, over the years.  It's just part of learning.  To be afraid of making mistakes is to be afraid to learn.

"This young wine may have a lot of tannins now, but in 5 or 10 years it is going to be spectacular, despite the fact that right now it tastes like crude oil. You know this is how it is supposed to taste at this stage of development." ~ Itzhak Perlman

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Kevin, don't even think about me posting a video anytime soon. I'm a beginning musician but would appear to be a comedian! Lol

TerryT, quite funny story about the sailor. Thanks for the encouragement.

RosinedUp, so what happened on your trip? You've got us in suspense. Did you fall out or anything? How long were you out there?

DanielB, ok, ok. But I actually thought I'd just be bad, not make dumb mistakes, well not that dumb anyway!

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If its any comfort, I looked like a monkey man my first month playing. rofl

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Sorry Linda, your thread kinda got hijacked and turned into a sailing lesson sOmewhere along the way
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HatefulPain, L-O-L!

TerryT, please don't apologize for that! That kind of thing never bothers me. Besides, it was a great story and we all enjoyed it!pants_falling_down-2158
It fit the situation! I don't know about your sailor friend, but even tho I was alone, I was about as embarassed as this little girl!

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Thanks. And don't feel bad about posting A video. We are all beginners ready to help Not judge. Even if it does look and sound funny. Ive been learning for 12 months and my early videos make me weep! roflol

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Absolutely you can post a video already, Linda! I think I posted a video within the first three days of getting my violin... Watching it now would make me blush awfully, but I got lots of great tips and encouragement from the fab folks on the forum, so it was definitely worth the embarrassment. Go for it! cheerleader

 

@Rosined Up and the impromptu sailing lessons: Hahaha! I went to a sailing camp in my early teens, but all I learned to do properly was assemble and disassemble the mast and sail. Trying to sail out into the bay, around a buoy and back to the beach nearly had me in tears! :D

~ Once you've ruled out the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be true. ~

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To continue my little sailing story:

You may have guessed that the wind was with me when I left the dock.  And you might guess that it would be hard for me to get back.

Back before public television in the US was nonstop cartoons and gourmet cooking, it often had useful instructional programs.  It happened that about six years before my sailing opportunity, the public TV station had run a little series on sailing.  I believe it was ten half-hour segments after school for two weeks, and I watched them all with interest.  In the series, they demonstrated how to sail a little boat that was not very different from the one I found in front of me that weekend.

Then being a fair swimmer and  knowing some of the basics of sailing, although lacking experience, I was not too afraid to take the boat out for a little trip. I was able without too much problem to sail back toward the wind and beat it back to the dock, the round trip taking less than an hour.

So, like you, Linda, I was able to get some practical knowledge from a slow video.

Alma: I don't remember that the instructional series I watched taught anything about assembling or disassembling anything!

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Great stories Alma and RosinedUp. I'm proud of you both for making it there and back again. Gee, have I been watching a little too much Lord of the Rings?thumbs-up

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